So you may ask why was the manuscript retracted? It was claimed by Greenpeace that the children used in the study were used as human guinea pigs. These remarks are unfounded as the safety of Golden rice has long been demonstrated with studies in 2006 and 2009 showing no toxicity. Additionally, all the children in this research study got their correct intake of Vitamin A through either a supplement, spinach or the Golden rice. The problem with the study however arose from the fact that some of the consent forms for the children in the study were collected after the trail had already begun. This is an ethics violation and as such the study should be retracted even thought the results are valid.
It is a sad day for science in so much that anti-GMO proponents are sure to use this retraction in a devious way. However, it is good that science is policing itself and making good policies a necessity when it comes to human trials. This is why I hope that by writing about this success yet sad story I can shed some light on pseudo science that is demonstrably harming others.